F-16 Fighting Falcon

F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force. since production was approved in 1976 Over 4,400 aircraft have been built.

Role : Multirole jet fighter
National origin : United States
Manufacturer : General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin
First flight : 2 February 1974
Introduction : 17 August 1978
Status : Active, in production
Primary users : United States Air Force
Number built : 4,450+
Unit cost F-16A/B: US$14.6 million (1998 dollars)
F-16C/D: US$18.8 million (1998 dollars)
Variants : General Dynamics F-16 VISTA
Developed into : Vought Model 1600, General Dynamics F-16XL, Mitsubishi F-2
F-16 Fighting Falcon Specifications
General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 49 ft 5 in (15.06 m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 8 in (9.96 m)
  • Height: 16 ft (4.88 m)
  • Wing area: 300 ft² (27.87 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 64A204 root and tip
  • Empty weight: 18,900 lb (8,570 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 26,500 lb (12,000 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 42,300 lb (19,200 kg)
  • Powerplant:1 × F110-GE-100 afterburning turbofan
    • Dry thrust: 17,155 lbf (76.3 kN)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 28,600 lbf (127 kN)

Performance

  • Maximum speed:
    • At sea level: Mach 1.2 (915 mph, 1,470 km/h)[42]
    • At altitude: Mach 2+[99] (1,500 mph, 2,410 km/h[1]) clean configuration
  • Combat radius: 340 mi (295 nmi, 550 km) on a hi-lo-hi mission with six 1,000 lb (450 kg) bombs
  • Ferry range: 2,280 NM (2,620 mi, 4,220 km) with drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 60,000+ ft (18,000+ m)
  • Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (254 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 88.3 lb/ft² (431 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.095

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling cannon, 511 rounds
  • Hardpoints: 2× wing-tip Air-to-air missile launch rails, 6× under-wing & 3× under-fuselage pylon stations holding up to 17,000 lb (7,700 kg) of payload
  • Rockets:
    • 4× LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19× /7× Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively) or
    • 4× LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets) or
    • 4× LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× Zuni 127 mm rockets)
  • Missiles:
    • Air-to-air missiles:
      • 2× AIM-7 Sparrow or
      • 6× AIM-9 Sidewinder or
      • 6× IRIS-T or
      • 6× AIM-120 AMRAAM or
      • 6× Python-4
    • Air-to-ground missiles:
      • 6× AGM-45 Shrike or
      • 6× AGM-65 Maverick or
      • 4× AGM-88 HARM
    • Anti-ship missiles:
      • 2× AGM-84 Harpoon or
      • 4× AGM-119 Penguin
  • Bombs:
    • 8× CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition
    • 8× CBU-89 Gator mine
    • 8× CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon
    • Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser capable
    • 4× GBU-10 Paveway II
    • 6× GBU-12 Paveway II
    • 4× JDAM
    • 4× Mark 84 general-purpose bombs
    • 8× Mark 83 GP bombs
    • 12× Mark 82 GP bombs
    • 8× Small Diameter Bomb
    • 3× B61 nuclear bomb
  • Others:
    • SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod or
    • AN/ALQ-131 & AN/ALQ-184 ECM pods or
    • LANTIRN, Lockheed Martin Sniper XR & LITENING targeting pods or
    • up to 3× 300/330/370 US gallon Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight/extended range/loitering time.

Avionics

  • AN/APG-68 radar

 

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